Reports: Rays pitching prospect’s wife and child murdered by brother-in-law

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WFLA) – Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens’ wife and child were among three killed in Virginia Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Passan reports police in Virginia have charged Bivens’ wife’s brother with first-degree homicide.

https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1166520235521904641

The Rays affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits abruptly canceled Tuesday night’s game.

The team sent out a social media announcement that provided limited details other than that it had experienced “a tragic event within the Biscuits family.”

https://twitter.com/BiscuitBaseball/status/1166435225104277504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1166435225104277504&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wrcbtv.com%2Fstory%2F40970808%2Fbiscuits-abruptly-cancel-tuesday-nights-doubleheader

The team asked for privacy and said it will provide “an update when it’s appropriate.”

Their opponent, the Chatanooga Lookouts, sent out a tweet as well saying “Our thoughts are with the entire Tampa Bay Rays and Montgomery Biscuits organizations.”

https://twitter.com/ChattLookouts/status/1166434404513779712

The Rays have also released a statement saying “Our hearts are broken for Blake. We are grieving with him and will support him any way you can.”

https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/status/1166530934147076096

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